Tom Hanks to Back ABBA-daptation

by | April 21, 2006 | Comments

The worldwide stage sensation "Mamma Mia!," a light-hearted musical packed to the gills with goofy ol’ ABBA songs (that also grossed about $1.5 billion all told), will soon earn a big-screen adaptation — thanks to producer Tom Hanks.

Says Variety: ""Mamma Mia!" — the tuner that made theater snobs cringe but that worldwide auds embraced — has fueled the bigscreen interest of Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

Hanks from "The Terminal"
The filmmakers are eyeing release by late 2007. The show’s book writer, Catherine Johnson, is penning the screenplay, which will stick closely to the crowd-pleasing musical’s plot. Raised on a Greek island by a formerly rebellious mom who never disclosed the identity of her father, a bride-to-be locates three men who might be her father and invites them to her wedding. The resulting conflict triggers 22 Abba hits like "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All.""

Someone let me know when the Air Supply movie gets greenlit.